Current Issue #488

City in colour

City in colour

From bold use of colour blocking to sensuous materials, these Adelaide interiors exemplify the dramatic results one can achieve with just a little courage and a lot of punchy pigment.


Extending the established Parwana restaurant on Henley Beach Road, Mash Design’s extension of the eatery, completed in collaboration with Studio-Gram, re-establishes the bold and exciting use of colour already associated with Parwana’s fitouts. Using an intoxicating mix of deep turquoise, oranges and earth tones, the graphic use of colourblocking makes for a strong and confident interior.

(photo: Sia Duff)

“The story of Parwana is in their food – Afghan cuisine has so much comfort, vibrancy and colour and we wanted to reflect that in the design,” says Claire Markwick-Smith of Mash Design. “The new space had all its original deco features, so instead of stripping it to reflect the existing space, we decided to keep the two rooms’ different – using colour to make this a deliberate statement. In a way we think it tells the story of Parwana and its evolution from humble beginnings.”


A staple for UniSA students over many years, the former Worldsend Hotel has been converted to the West Oak Hotel.

(photo: supplied)

The interior has been given a facelift, with minty-cool shades of green brightening the once dark dining and bar areas. Oak panelling and new clean branding add to the overall gentlemanly feel of the renovation.


Already widely awarded and recognised for its interior (including the 2017 Eat Drink Design Award for Best Restaurant Interior), Viet Next Door utilises a rich palette of materials and finishes that evoke East Asia.

(photo: supplied)

Director of Genesin Studio, Ryan Genesin, said of the material selections in an interview with Yellowtrace: “It is one of those spaces you walk into and start rubbing your hands on all the surfaces.” Using granite, timber and grass wallpaper, the space is a sophisticated blend of materials that create a warmth that Genesin is becoming known for.


The recent revival of the Parkside Hotel completely transformed the tired Fountain Inn Hotel. Dramatically reinventing the interior and exterior spaces, co-director Katie Pettigrew says their aim “was to create a different feel in each area”. “When you enter it’s light and airy,” she says. “It has a feeling of summer with the pastel green and peach. When you head down to the dining room it gets darker with the dark blue walls and rich carpet feeling like you could enjoy a red around the fire through winter.”

(photo: Sia Duff)

The brave use of cobalt blue in the dining room is particularly daring, but pays off, creating a dramatic and encapsulating eating experience. In other areas of the hotel, pastel pinks, stripes and moss green walls provide relief from the more dramatic spaces and create a slight LA valley feel.


With its use of pastel pinks, soft white walls and light timbers, Melt’s new destination in Henley Beach reflects its coastal setting.

(photo: David Sievers)

The fitout, which was completed by hospitality design powerhouse Studio-Gram (responsible for the interiors of Osteria Oggi and Shobosho to name a few), has given Henley a seriously cool destination for pizza lovers to enjoy themselves.

Header image: West Oak Hotel, photo: supplied


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